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Friday, 04 May 2012 - 13:10
London mayoral candidates in Tiger fight
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Sri Lanka today accused two key candidates for the mayoralty of London of showing support to pro-LTTE organisations in the UK to garner Tamil vote for elections.

Ken Livingstone the former mayor and the labour party candidate at today's election has promised the historic Trafalgar Square, or some other prestigious London venue, for the celebration of Tamil Day on May 18 which is the anniversary of the defeat of the LTTE in 2009.

Livingstone's rival the incumbent and Conservative candidate Boris Johnson has also appealed to the Tamil vote through pro-LTTE groups.

In 2009 the pro-LTTE Tamils carried out prolonged sit-in protests against the military operation to defeat LTTE. The demonstrations continued for 43-days.

Sri Lanka has accused the two major political parties in Britain for playing the Tamil card to garner votes and encouraging the pro-LTTE Diaspora to conduct extensive propaganda campaigns targeting the Sri Lankan government over human rights issues to remain in their countries of domicile.

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